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What causes remission in migraines?

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Doctors don't know why some people with migraines go into remission. But research shows that certain things can make it more likely:

  • Age: The number of migraine attacks you have each month is likely to drop over time. This is true for people 40 and older. Among women, a drop in hormone levels after menopause may be a factor.
  • Being a man: Men are less likely to have migraines overall. But men who get them are more likely than women to go into remission.
  • Your reaction to touch: Some people who get migraines become so sensitive to touch during an attack that feeling their clothing against their skin or someone lightly brushing against their shoulder is uncomfortable or even painful. If this doesn't happen when you have a migraine, you're more likely to go into remission.
  • Number of headaches per month: Studies show that if you have chronic migraine, you're more likely to go into partial remission if you have fewer attacks. That means closer to 15 a month than to 30.

From: Is Migraine Remission Possible? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES :

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Migraine information page."

American Headache Society: "Remission from chronic migraine to episodic migraine: Rates, predictors, and consequences."

Neurology : "Rates, predictors, and consequences of remission from chronic migraine to episodic migraine."

Current Opinion in Neurology : "The prognosis of migraine."

American Journal of Epidemiology : "Methods for estimating remission rates from cross-sectional survey data: Application and validation using data from a national migraine study."

American Academy of Neurology: "What predicts remission from chronic migraine?"

Neurology : "Clinical course in migraine: Conceptualizing migraine transformation."

Reviewed by William Blahd on March 30, 2017

SOURCES :

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Migraine information page."

American Headache Society: "Remission from chronic migraine to episodic migraine: Rates, predictors, and consequences."

Neurology : "Rates, predictors, and consequences of remission from chronic migraine to episodic migraine."

Current Opinion in Neurology : "The prognosis of migraine."

American Journal of Epidemiology : "Methods for estimating remission rates from cross-sectional survey data: Application and validation using data from a national migraine study."

American Academy of Neurology: "What predicts remission from chronic migraine?"

Neurology : "Clinical course in migraine: Conceptualizing migraine transformation."

Reviewed by William Blahd on March 30, 2017

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